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Two charged in macabre murder

Police found the dismembered body of a man in a downtown apartment building in Oslo Tuesday evening and were still trying to identify the victim on Wednesday. Two other men are charged in the murder case.

Police were reluctant to reveal many details in the case because with no firm identification, they hadn’t been able to notify next of kin. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that some of the corpse’s body parts were missing.

The corpse was found in a residential building in Oslo’s Fredensborg district that’s run by a church mission (Oslo Bymisjon) for drug addicts. The residence is funded by Lovisenberg Hospital, three city neighborhoods and the public agency charged with helping drug addicts (rusmiddeletaten).

Results of an autopsy were pending, but police believe the victim may have been killed several weeks ago.

The two men charged in the case are tied to what police described as “heavy narcotics circles” in the capital. One of them had links to the apartment where the body was found.

Sturla Stålsett of the church mission said the victim was not a resident and neither he nor his colleagues had much information. “It is regardless a very sad case,” Stålsett said.

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